Will Duterte be a ‘guinea pig’ for Russia vaccine? PSG to decide, Palace says
By Prince Golez
The Presidential Security Group (PSG) will have the final say on whether President Rodrigo Duterte will get injected with a Russian coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccine, according to Malacañang.
Last Monday, Duterte accepted Russia’s offer of its Covid-19 vaccine and volunteered to take the first shot.
“It’s perfectly fine for him to offer it because that’s his way of telling the people that I want us to have a vaccine and if I have to be the guinea pig for it I don’t mind,” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque told CNN Philippines’ The Source Wednesday.
“But, as to whether or not PSG will actually allow him is a different thing,” he said.
Russian Ambassador to the Philippines Igor Khovaev had said his country is willing to supply Manila with Covid-19 vaccines.
The Soviet Union can also invest with a local firm for the mass production of the vaccine, he added.